Florence death toll reaches 23; destruction expected to worsen

Pauline Gross
September 18, 2018

In total, the emergency-management agencies said almost 700,000 customers were lacking power in North Carolina and more than 60,000 outages were reported in SC. "Flood waters are rising as rivers crest and they will for days". But closer to the coast, work crews were hoping a flood barrier would make the road - or at least half of it - safe to use.

"In the immediate aftermath of disaster, because of the distress most people experience, they just need reminders of what helps them get through tough times and who is available that they can turn to", he said. But Monday, the yard was underwater, and the flooding looked far from over. Cooper said more counties are likely to be added in coming days. The US president is also expected to visit the areas soon.

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About 1.5 million veterans, including more than 741,000 enrolled in VA health care, and more than 28,600 VA employees live in the region, the VA said. Trump said nearly 20,000 military personnel and federal workers were deployed to help with the aftermath of Florence in the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic, and they would "do whatever it takes to keep the American people safe".

"People are piling in right now", Dr. Calloway said Monday evening.

Dominion Energy reported 6,000 customers in the Richmond area were without power due to Monday's storm.

Downgraded to a tropical depression, Florence crept over South and North Carolina, dumping heavy rains on already flood-swollen river basins that authorities warned could bring more death and destruction.

Caldwell said the department is tracking at least seven potential tornadoes in the Richmond area.

Flash floods, landslide warnings and "prolonged significant river flooding" throughout the region will continue for the next few days, the National Weather Service (NWS) said.

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Tens of thousands of houses have been damaged, but for many parts of the Carolinas, "the worst is yet to come" as river levels rise to historic levels, said Zach Taylor, a meteorologist with the US National Weather Service.

As of Monday morning, over 484,000 people in North Carolina do not have power.

A mission to observe flooding in northeastern SC has turned into a rescue mission after Gov. Henry McMaster spotted a pair stranded on a flooded vehicle.

Two 78-year-old men were killed in Lenoir County, NC.

There are many downed power lines and trees blocking roads in Wilmington in addition to the water, making it even more hard to estimate when the city may have access to the world outside again.

Officials in the Carolinas are anxious about what deaths are still to come amid the swelling rivers and flooding from Florence's crawl across both states. Those figures do not include losses from continuing flooding.

Chaplin Joe Kennedy said most of the children range in age from 13 to 18.

Also ahead of Hurricane Florence, about 217 sick and disabled patients were moved from the Hampton, Virginia center and transported to other facilities in Martinsburg, West Virginia; Salem, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and Salisbury, North Carolina, VA officials said.

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